Yesterday Kunsthal Charlottenborg opened the doors of the exhibition Working Title: “A Retrospective Curated by XXXXXXXXX” featuring the Danish artist group Superflex. The group, which has existed since 1993, consists of Bjørnstjerne Reuter Christiansen (b. 1969), Jakob Fenger (b. 1968) and Rasmus Nielsen (b. 1969). Eight international curators have been invited to offer each their perspective on a Superflex exhibition, creating a retrospective view of a twenty years long, ongoing artistic career. After passing through the Free Beer party, with people drinking and talking in front of a huge wall saying Social Pudding, we entered into the “national” room: there, a massive orange panel is welcoming foreigners saying “Foreigners, please don’t leave us alone with the Danes!”, an institutional version of the smaller free posters that were distributed in front of of a burning Danish flag in led lights and that are also pasted on the window of their studio in Blågårdsgade.
The invited curators are Yuko Hasegawa (JP), Eungie Joo (US), Toke Lykkeberg (DK), Daniel McClean and Lisa Rosendahl (UK/SE), Adriano Pedrosa (BR), Agustin Perez Rubio (ES), Hilde Teerlinck (NL) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (TH). All of Superflex’s works having been made available for the curators, they thus had more than 400 works to choose from. Therefore the exhibition Working Title: “A Retrospective Curated by XXXXXXXXX” consists of eight individual exhibitions gathered in the host institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg. In the second main room the discussion is shifted to copyright. “I copy therefore I am” is the very visible statement ad the end of 10 lines of identical chairs which borders have been cut. In the same room there is also a table with transparent bags containing what I suppose to be the ingredients of Free Beer, advertised as “Free as in free speech”, and in fact we had to pay for that. There were also several tables to make a Copylight lamp, people can go through the entire process: choose the design to be copied, print the design, build the structure with wood pieces, add wires and bulbs. And I can’t forget to mention the video Flooded McDonald, with floating clowns and underwater trash.
Superflex has exhibited in leading international museums and galleries, including Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and MoMA, New York, and have participated in a large number of biennials all over the world. In Denmark, Superflex are known for works such as the biogas project Supergas (1996), the poster project Foreigners, please don’t leave us alone with the Danes (2002), Free Beer (2004) and most recently Superkilen (2011) – a permanent park in outer Nørrebro in Copenhagen, developed with BIG Bjarke Ingels Group.
Accompanying the exhibition there is a catalogue encompassing all Superflex’s projects and works over the years which will be published in January. Guaranà Power is the theme of one of the last rooms we visited. After that, we arrived to the one you see above, with logos, Pantone reproductions to make Superflex colors and various pictures of the group some years ago. There is much more to see at this exhibition in Charlottenborg, and seminars with the participation of Superflex and the curators will be held soon.